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WSU Alum Justin Guillory Inaugurated NWIC President

compiled by Stevee Chapman from NWIC reports

Justin Guillory Inauguration
NWIC President Justin Guillory and his wife Sunny at his inauguration September 22.

Washington State University alumni, Justin Guillory, made a big move up in his career in August when he was selected president of the Northwest Indian College in Bellingham, WA.

Guillory took over the position as president of the college after previous president, Cheryl Crazy Bull, announced that she would be leaving to fill the seat of American Indian College Fund president and CEO in Denver, Colorado.

“I am committed to advancing the Tribal College movement, and I look forward to working with our college faculty and staff to ensure that educational success is within the reach of all NWIC students,” Guillory said.

Guillory earned both his master’s degree in Education Administration and PhD in Higher Education Administration at Washington State University.

During his time at WSU, Guillory served as the mentor program coordinator/graduate assistant within the Office of Multicultural Student Services for the Native American Student Center. His doctoral dissertation focused on the experiences of successful Native students in higher education and how they used education to give back to tribal communities.

After earning these degrees Guillory returned to the NWIC in 2007 where he served as the dean of extended campuses and the dean of academics and distance learning at the main campus in Bellingham on the Lummi reservation. Altogether, Guillory has 11 years of direct work experience in higher education, eight of which have been served at NWIC.

Guillory has a diverse ethnic background. He is a direct descendent of the Nez Perce tribe, and has African American and Hispanic ancestry. He was raised on the Nez Perce Indian reservation in Lapwai, Idaho, until his parents moved to Tacoma.

He and his wife, Sunny (Walker) Guillory, an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and NWIC’s financial literacy coordinator, have two sons and one daughter.

“I felt humbled and truly blessed to be considered for this position,” Guillory said. “My wife, children and my parents were very supportive of this opportunity.”

Guillory was inaugurated at president of the NWIC on September 22, 2012. Among the many guests who attended, WSU was represented by Barbara Aston, Tribal Liaison; Dr. Susan Banks Joseph, College of Education; and J. Manuel Acevedo, Director of Multicultural Student Services. Many members of Guillory’s family were also present at the event including his father, Jeff Guillory, who is WSU’s Diversity of Education Director.

During the inauguration, President Guillory acknowledged his dissertation chair at WSU, the late Dr. Len Foster, for his support, inspiration, and encouragement that was critical to Guillory completing his Ph.D.

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